Mayo Performing Arts Center

Mayo Performing Arts Center!

Ah, the Mayo Performing Arts Center! Home to… performing arts! In a center!

Well, actually, it’s only been the “Mayo Performing Arts Center” since May 2011. Before that, it was “The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts” (a name adopted in June 2007, after longtime chairman Bud Mayo), and before that, it was simply “The Community Theatre” (maintained by the South Street Theatre Company).

The building was built in 1937 to serve as a movie theater, and did so until the 1980s, when it was abandoned and left to rot in downtown Morristown. In 1994, the long arduous process of renovation began anew, and “the Mayo Performing Arts Center has become one of New Jersey’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations” (Mayo Performing Arts Center, 2011, para. 4).

Past and upcoming performers include Aretha Franklin, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Kenny G, Tracy Morgan, Mike Birbiglia… I could keep going, but you get the idea. This theater isn’t entirely small potatoes.

To see a current list of upcoming events, and to order tickets if you feel so inclined, check out the MPAC’s website here.

 

Reference:

Mayo Performing Arts Center. (2011). “A History of The Mayo Performing Arts Center and key historical milestones.” http://www.mayoarts.org/history.htm#.

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One Comment to “Mayo Performing Arts Center”

  1. Its always good to see an old cinema rescued and live on in a new way. Sadly I will not be in to to catch Wilson Phillips, but thats the way the cookie crumbles. Paul at Leeds in Yorkshire daily photography

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